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Hard Cider

Even in Darkness 

Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often harrowing life she faces as an adult- a saga of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp, and the unconventional life Kläre builds in post-war Germany.  As the world changes around her, Kläre’s choices cross boundaries in order to protect the people she loves – and to save herself.

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Hard Cider

Abbie Rose Stone believes she has navigated the shoals of her long marriage and complicated family and is eager to realize her dream of producing hard apple cider along the northern shores of Lake Michigan. When a lovely young stranger exposes a long-held secret, Abbie’s plans, loyalties, and definition of family are severely tested.

"I think this is a wonderful book—tightly wrought, full of gorgeous imagery, beautifully paced, multifaceted, and suspenseful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. "

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November 20, 2020

For as long as Even in Darkness has been a novel, I have wanted to create an audiobook version. I am a voracious consumer of audiobooks. I still have the real-life voices of many of the characters in my mind’s ear. This last fact has been both a motivation and a barrie...

September 30, 2020


It’s a rainy last day in September and I am barreling up I-75 toward the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a 27 foot RV. (Well, barreling might be an exaggeration!) Delivered yesterday by its young owner to our driveway in Ann Arbor, the Winnebago required an hour-long o...

July 8, 2020

In these days of such challenge and insecurity, even those who seemed to step up to the distress and disruption of the Covid pandemic in the early days of March and April have, with the continued assault of dysfunctional politics and social unrest, descended  into a co...

June 29, 2020

After the transporting experience of a month in New Zealand, last January (was it only five months ago?)  we were plunged into a winter and spring of pandemic and as I burrowed into home and our “pod,”  isolating to stay safe, I have been reading widely and deeply, but...

May 19, 2020

One of the most delightful and unexpected aspects of the author life I now lead are the relationships I have developed with other authors.  This one began on twitter more than two years ago.  Poet, novelist, twitter maven and all around wonderful literary citizen Nina...

April 18, 2020

By now, many of my readers and anyone who knows me well have learned that I love book research, and in the course of my five years of doing author talks and interviews, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked regards how I conduct research.   My next novel takes p...

February 26, 2020

Author Jodi Wright’s debut novel, How to Grow an Addict offers a cautionary though inspiring tale about a clever but vulnerable young woman’s descent into addiction, and the grit and acceptance of support required for her to emerge.  The tale is told with clear eyed pr...

February 3, 2020

When I retired twelve years ago, the top item on my bucket list was to write a novel, but my top TRAVEL bucket list choice was New Zealand.  The novel, times two, got written, and this January, we got to go on the trip of a lifetime to NZ!

This is a LONG post, comprised...

January 13, 2020

What happens when a writer embarks on a bucket-list trip to far away New Zealand for a month of sightseeing, visiting (author) friends, hiking, traveling with a son, cycling for 8 days and otherwise having the trip of a lifetime? She notices the language, of course!  I...

September 13, 2019

Today my father would have been 100 years old— a staggering thought, not only because of the weight a century bears, but because his legacy is so full of the lively, energetic, relentlessly positive and curious larger-than-life person he was, in a century so fraught in...

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Monday, November 16, 2020

I'm excited to announce that Even in Darkness is now available as an audiobook.  It will shortly be available on all audio platforms.  Or, you can order it now, Here

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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